"Hey Jimmy, it looks like you might get a chance to score." Barry nods towards the pumps. A car load of girls pull up in an old convertible. They're all dressed up for some reason. "I'm going to fill up the cooler. Don't get too hot and heavy with those rowdy girls."

I just laughed, knowing I'd be lucky to get two words other than "Slims" or "menthol" thrown in my direction. Pretty girls, especially when they dressed up, only come in for smokes. Once the herd got in the door, they all headed for the bathroom - already searching through their tiny purses for lip stick, eyeliner, and other accessories.

One girl in a tight, crimson velvet dress, started towards the register. She was pale, but the lightness of her skin made her dark hair, eyebrows, and eyes stand out. The dress was cut short, showing off her long, thin, white legs. Please do more than just buy a pack of cigarettes.

"Slims...menthol, please."

I sighed, but grabbed the pack off the rack and rang it up, disappointed in her predictable behavior. I held out my hand for the cash, looking in any direction but hers.

"What's the matter?" she said as she took hold of my hand. Her touch was like a jolt of electricity, it shocked me back into reality, and I looked at her straight in the eye. I didn't want to move an inch away from her touch, but I put the five in the register and gave her back the change. "Is that all I get?"


"Give me a light," she said as she took a cigarette out of the pack. I immediately took a lighter from the Bic display and did as she said. She took a long drag and blew the smoke in the direction of the door. It was like an arrow pointing to her convertible. We could take off and have some fun, if she weren't with her friends and I wasn't working.

Then she grabbed me and kissed me for what seemed like forever. Her hot breath almost putting me in a trance. She stopped to take another drag on her cigarette and then came back to kiss me again. Before I knew it, her lips were around mine and my mouth was full of smoke. I pushed her away and began coughing uncontrollably. She threw back her head and laughed. Then she got the herd together and took off.

Barry heard my loud coughing and rushed out of the cooler to the front. "You alright?"

"Yeah," I managed to sputter between coughs.

"What were you doing with those girls?" Her lip stick must've given me away. I grabbed a napkin and tried to wipe it off, but it seemed stained on my skin. "You know they're from Ruby's Roadhouse don't you?"

"What?" I didn't want to believe it. "Yeah, well nothing happened."

"That's not what it looks like to me."

"Shut up."

"Well anyway, I finished in the cooler. So its your turn to clean the bathroom."

"Yeah, yeah. I'm going."


<- Take me home.